College of Communication and the Arts

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UT Department of Art Events 


Pieces of 8 Art Exhibit, June 8-30, 2015PIECES OF 8

University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts - Main Gallery | June 8-30
There will also be a reception in conjunction with the Arts Commission 3rd Thursday Loop on June 18 from 530-9pm.

River House Arts Gallery and the University of Toledo Department of Art present this collaborative art exhibit featuring the work of artists: 

  • Amy Beeler
  • JC Christy
  • Sandra Jane Heard
  • Lou Krueger
  • Marc Leone
  • Andrei Rabodzeenko
  • Kristine Rumman
  • Adam Sanzenbacher 

FAUX SPACE IMAGESFaux Space Exhibit at Ritter Planetarium, April 14 - Summer 2015

University of Toledo Ritter Planetarium | April 14 - Summer 2015
Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. | Ritter Planetarium

On exhibit at the Ritter Planetarium will be photographs made by students in the Department of Art’s introductory photo course, ART 2030: Photography taught by Professor Deborah Orloff. Students were challenged to create photos that invoke a sense of space - in the extraterrestrial sense. They used a diverse range of materials to create their images including food, toys, pots, glitter, fire, lasers, smoke, and oils. All images were made with a DSLR camera; they are not computer generated or shot above the surface of the planet! Images to be shown in the lobby and on the dome also.

Student Artists to be Featured

Shalissa Bailey, Jamie Campbell, Andrea Fackelman, Emily Frank, June Galvin, Danielle Hedger, Qiong Jia, Leanne Jones, Chariti Lockhard, Nicelle McCuchen, Kathlynn Meyer, Kayla Perez, Alexandra Ray, Daniel Rivera, Madison Roy, Jamie Snyder, Drew Tansel, Chelsea Thompson, Xueling Zhao, Yue Zhao

WEARABLE CONDITIONSWearable Conditions - an exhibition of wearable artworks based on diseases, viruses and disorders

Toledo Museum of Art Green Room | April 9
7 p.m.

Can disease be beautiful? Wearable? Students in the Department of Art have created an extraordinary exhibition of wearable artwork based on diseases, viruses and disorders.

BFA SENIOR THESIS EXHIBITIONUT BFA Exhibition, April 9-May10, 2015

CVA Main Gallery | April 9 - May 10
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 9,  (following Wearable Conditions) | CVA Main Gallery

The work of students graduating this semester with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is celebrated with an opening reception and exhibition.

Admission - FREE

2015 JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION2015 Juried Student Exhibition - March 5 to April 1

CVA Main Gallery | March 5 - April 1
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5,  6-8 p.m. | CVA Main Gallery

The Juried Student Exhibition is an exhibit of artwork created by UT students and chosen in juried competition. All UT students, regardless of major, are invited and encouraged to submit artwork to this annual exhibit. Entries will be judged by juror Nick Tobier, Associate Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan.


Juried Student Exhibition Call for Entries drop-off dates are February 26 and 27, 2015

The competition is open to any UT student, regardless of major. A maximum of 3 works is permitted. Work will be juried on Saturday, February 28. Students who are accepted into the exhibit will be notified by email on Saturday, February 28.  Students whose work did not make it into the show can pick their non-accepted works on Sunday, March 1 between 10am and Noon or Monday 9-11:30am. All non-accepted works not picked up on these dates may be discarded! 

Works that did make it into the show are eligible for cash prizes from the UT Department of Art, The Art Supply Depo, the Helen Fitzpatrick Fredricks award, among others. 


Complete an entry form, one per work. (Limit 3 total). Forms available in the Art Department office or you can download one below. Bring your forms and artwork to the Center for the Visual Arts on the one of the dates below.

Download the entry form | Forms are also available in the Art Department main office
UT Center for the Visual Arts
620 Grove Place (next to the Toledo Museum of Art)
Toledo, OH 43620

DIGITAL BILLBOARD ART EXHIBITION Deadline is December 1 for entries to the Digital Billboard exhibit


The College of Communication and the Arts sought submissions of original artwork for a city-wide digital billboard exhibition. Selected artworks are currently being displayed temporarily as part of the regular rotation of ads on digital billboards as part of the UTDBAE, thanks to our partner, Lamar Outdoor. There are multiple billboard locations throughout the area. See the list of artists and locations below. You can also see some of the billboards online on our Facebook page 


  • Aaron Brandt
  • Nikka Geiermann
  • Kayla N. Kirk
  • Victor Lewis
  • Michael M. Miller
  • Abhishek R. Mutha
  • Shaun Nagle
  • Blake Ody
  • Grace Parr
  • Brandy Roesch
  • Brandy Save
  • Rebecca Solomon
  • Michelle Trivisonno
  • Mark Yappueying

Toledo Locations  Reynolds & Glendale, Anthony Wayne Trail & City Park, Alexis & Lewis, Monroe & Laskey, Byrne & Airport Hywy, Erie & Monroe, Monroe & Sylvania

Outside Toledo Locations  Findlay, OH (SR 224 across from the Findlay Mall) Bellefontaine, OH (Roberts Rd.)

SPRING 2015 GUEST ARTIST - JIM JIPSON "CHTHONIC"From the "Chthonic Exhibit" by artist Jim Jipson

CVA Main Gallery | January 22 - February 23

Artist Lecture: Thursday, January 22 at 12:30 p.m. | CVA Haigh Auditorium
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 22 at 6 p.m. | CVA Gallery

The UT Department of Art welcomes guest artist Jim Jipson. Jipson is an artist and professor of visual arts at the University of West Florida. Jim has inspired an entire generation of young artists to pursue creative ideas and concepts. Exhibit is free and open to the public.

Artist statement: “My current work is all about chance, the interrelationship between all things, space and time. My work begins with a projector that I have invented that projects images of 3 dimensional objects that move in both a repetitive and non repetitive ways. I allow my audience to see the actions within the projector so that they think they know what it is that they are about to see. They will not see what they imagine, but they will see what they cannot even imagine. My take on chance and reality.”

Visit Jim Jipson's web site

SPRING 2015 GUEST ARTIST - REBECCA ZEISS "REVERENCE & IRREVERENCE"In Search of Forgiveness by artist Rebecca Zeiss
CVA Clement Gallery 
| January 20 - March 2  

Artist Lecture: Monday, March 2 at 1:30 p.m. | CVA Haigh Auditorium

Zeiss’s exhibit “Reverence & Irreverence” explores the handling of objects and their assigned or remembered memories. Zeiss spent time with artifacts given to her by family and strangers over time. While lighting and composing the original photographs, Zeiss first looked for signs of past stories, possibilities, and potential mysteries. She would then arrive at and express the sublime understanding of the experiences the objects have, or likely had, witnessed. These perceptions are presented in a variety of formats ranging from ultraviolet images printed on brushed aluminum to hand-made, multi-image large format platinum/palladium prints.

Zeiss majored in art at Delta College, received a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from Central Michigan University. She is currently a graphic arts designer for the Clarke Historical Library in Mount Pleasant, and also teaches photography at the University of Michigan (Flint), Delta College, and Saginaw State University.

Visit Rebecca Zeiss's web site

FALL BFA ART EXHIBITION | CVA Main Gallery | December 12-20  UTs Fall 2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, featuring the work of students Dylan Gallagher, Brittany Leslie, and Shannon Parcell

Students graduating Fall of 2014 display their best works.

This exhibition features the work of:

  • Dylan Gallagher
  • Brittany Leslie 
  • Shannon Parcell


FOCUS | CVA Main Gallery | November 21 - December 7

The Focus Exhibit opens Nov. 22 and runs through Dec. 7

Opening Reception/Awards Program - Saturday, November 22, 3 p.m.

The University of Toledo Department of Art hosts the 2014 edition of the FOCUS Show, the premier exhibition of high school artwork from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.  Nearly 1100 works from student artists from 25 different schools were juried by a panel of artists and instructors. Just over 200 pieces were selected for the final exhibition, now entering its 36th year.

The exhibit opens November 21 and runs through December 7, with an awards ceremony and opening reception set for November 22 beginning at 3:00pm.  Several participating schools will present superintendent and principal awards in addition to 20 Juror’s Awards that will be presented. This show is free and open to the public.

The Focus Exhibit opens Nov. 22 and runs through Dec. 7

FAUX SPACE EXHIBIT | Ritter Planetarium Lobby (main campus) | November 5 - December 31

Opening Reception - Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 p.m.

Students in the Department of Art’s introductory photo course, ART 2030: Photography taught by Professor Deborah Orloff, last semester will have works on display in the lobby. Students were challenged to create photos that invoke a sense of space - in the extraterrestrial sense. They used a diverse range of materials to create their images including food, toys, pots, glitter, fire, lasers, smoke, and oils. All images were made with a DSLR camera; they are not computer generated or shot above the surface of the planet!

This exhibit is free and open to the public. It can be viewed whenever Ritter Planetarium is open to the public - Friday evenings at 7:30pm and Saturdays at 1pm. Visit the Ritter Planetarium web site.


RE_FIGURATION | CVA Main Gallery | October 9 - November 8Images from Re_Figuration exhibit

Opening Reception - Thursday, October 9, 6-8 p.m.

Guest Artist Lecture DONALD FODNESS -Thursday, October 9, 1:30 p.m. 
(CVA Haigh Auditorium)

Guest artists Jason Willome, Donald Fodness and Steve Budington take certain images down a whole new re_imagined path. Visit the artists web sites to see more examples of their work. Fodness will also present a lecture on his work Thursday, October 9. The exhibit, lecture and reception are all free and open to the public.


GUEST ARTIST TARA POLANSKY | October 6 Images of Tara Polansky and her lithophane

  • Artist Lecture - 2:30 p.m. (Haigh Auditorium)
  • Lithophanes Demonstration - 6 p.m. (Ceramics Studio, Glass Crafts Building)
  • Artists Guided Tour - 4:30 p.m. (Blair Museum of Lithophanes, Toledo Botanical Gardens, Elmer Drive, Toledo)

Visiting artist Tara Polansky, whose  exhibit, "Revelations & Withholdings," is on display at the Blair Museum of Lithophanes at the Toledo Botanical Gardens, will speak at the UT, present a demonstration, and also lead a special artists guided tour.

Artist statement: "Much of my work coalesces around photographic source imagery including snapshots found in my family’s old photo albums, newspaper obituary photos, and found school portraits. Ultimately, I am interested in the way portraits, which are intended to give insight, often render their subjects more anonymous and generic by idealizing them. I am concerned with the way nostalgia may encourage us to forget that the past included tragedy and struggle in addition to joy, and I raise questions about how we see, remember, and imagine."


FRESH IMPRESSIONS | CVA Main Gallery | August 25 - September 28

Opening Reception - Friday, August 29, 6-8 p.m.

Stylized photo of UT Center for the Visual Arts

Featuring the work of 12 printmakers, coinciding with the PRINT CITY Conference in Detroit. If you can't get to Detroit at least get here!

  • Noel Anderson
  • Janet Ballweg
  • Mania Dajnak
  • Craig Fisher
  • Christopher Ganz
  • Timothy J. Hadfield
  • Joseph Van Kerkhove
  • Julie Lambert
  • Liz Maugans
  • Danielle Rante
  • Arturo Rodriquez
  • Kevin Schroeder 



    • Faux Space Exhibit - Opening
      April 14, 6:30 p.m.
      Exhibit runs April 14 - Summer 2015
    • Pieces of 8
      June 8-30, 2015
      Reception - June 18, 5:30-9 p.m.
      (Arts Commission 3rd Thursday Loop)
  • CVA Main Gallery
    Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Sun. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • CVA Clement Gallery
    Daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Carlson Library
      Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      Sun. 12 Noon to 8 p.m.
    • Sullivan Hall
      Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last Updated: 6/26/15